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Anton/Bauer has distributed more than 150,000 copies of the Video Battery Handbook since its initial publication in 1993. As the definitive guide to the care and feeding of video batteries it has been used as a reference and as a teaching aid in film and video courses in many schools and universities.

Chicago's ABC-7 First to Use Drone In Live Newscast

ImageLast month Chicago videographer Colin Hinkle was granted FAA approval to fly his drone commercially, opening the door for Hinkle to finally use the technology with local news channels where he has worked as a freelance shooter. And last week Hinkle got the call for his first live assignment, an aerial video of the Bloomingdale Trail, a $90 million project to turn part of the old Bloomingdale Rail Line into a 2.5 mile long park. It's a breathtaking view of the trail, and it marks a monumental moment in drone news coverage.

One-Man-Band Control Room

ImageRushworks, based in Flower Mound, Texas, offers an easy and highly cost-effective way to produce multi-camera video programs using a tablet or touchscreen interface. Using one of the company's VDESK or REMO systems, a single operator can control multiple PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) robotic cameras. Both systems support up to 12 HD or SD-SDI inputs, includes a dual player, PIP and chromakey, transitions and DVE effects, a multi-layer DSK and the ability to perform multi-format video streaming.

New Portable Tripod Kits From Shotoku

ImageThe SP series of portable tripods from Shotoku Broadcast Systems opens up a whole new range of applications from professional Video Journalism to broadcast. The SP 100 tripod system includes a 100mm ball pan-and-tilt fluid head, a single telescopic pan bar, a 100mm bowl two-stage aluminum tripod, and a floor spreader.

Zylight Offers Adjustable On-Camera LED Light

ImageZylight, a manufacturer of innovative, premium LED lighting solutions, has introduced a compact on-camera light designed for broadcast news, independent video journalists and other run-and-gun shooting applications, called "the Newz." The variable white light includes brightness settings from tungsten (3200K) to daylight (5600K), while a unique articulated arm design allows shooters to easily adjust the height and angle of the light.  "The Newz is not your ordinary on-camera light. It produces a significantly higher quality of light that's comparable to the output of our larger, world-class lighting instruments," explained Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. "It is a soft but punchy light that complements skin tones, so reporters in the field and the people they interview will look their best."

Ultra-Compact Cellular Transmitters Catching On With Video Journalists

ImageLiveU, a provider of IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution, has been gaining significant momentum among broadcasters and video journalists worldwide with its ultra-small, camera-mounted transmitter, the LU200. Introduced in late 2014, the LU200 offers an attractive price point for a bonded solution with its high performance, and mini form-factor for live video transmission. Hundreds of units have now been deployed by customers worldwide, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit, or serve as a stand-alone video encoder.